Monday, July 15, 2013

Priorities - Nature versus Apologetics

Speaking of poorly thought-out "motivational posters"...  this came across my Facebook feed (geeze, people ease up).

I could go off on a rant about this. In fact, I will.
This isn't some petty squabble about who's football team is better, or a childish case of "STOP LIKING WHAT I DON'T LIKE".

The short and sweet of the above video is that this U.S. Representative doesn't think there's any need to worry about global warming because the Bible says God promised not to flood us again.

How, exactly, does one argue against that breathtaking level of inanity?

Here's the key - deconstructing this person's theism is a prerequisite to get him onboard with helping with the environmental problems. The less fundamentalist Christians are easier to ascribe to the basic notion that we're capable of screwing up our planet.

Think he's the only one?

The religious, generally, are less accepting of the facts of climate change (link to poll/study).

Further, I've repeatedly observed/heard (yes, I know this is anecdotal, so take it with 2.5 grains of salt), about conservative Republican pro-life theists deconverting, and then shifting their whole world view into liberal Democratic pro-choice atheists.

Unlike what some apologists may think, atheistic acceptance of evolutionary theory sometimes follows deconversion, and is not a driving factor. It was more like the religious beliefs were interfering with their ability to accept the scientific facts.

As an atheist activist, I'm not merely trying to make people stop believing in sky wizards. I'm promoting the basic activity of our species to apply even the most superficial amount of critical thinking, skepticism and empirical investigation into the world around us. This is crucial to our species' very capacity to craft effective and accurate solutions to our problems.

That doesn't just affect the religious obfuscation on environmentalism. It affects their stances of women's rights, patriarchy, scientific advances, vaccination/medicines, and even basic problem-solving skills about everyday issues in life.

That's what I'm fighting for.

I don't see religion as a problem... or even theism. It's a symptom of a deeper, more systemic malfunction... and correcting that would lead into bringing more people onboard with solving environmental problems, societal problems, and technological/planetary resources problems.

I'm fighting to preserve the environment by fighting to supplant faith-based thinking with a rational, skeptical, critically thinking empirical world view.

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